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Definition 1: contrived by art rather than nature - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where artificial or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • artificial flowers
  • artificial flavoring
  • an artificial diamond
  • artificial fibers
  • artificial sweeteners

Synonyms for artificial in the sense of this definition

(artificial is similar to ...) having the appearance of being real but lacking capacity to function

"a dummy corporation"

(artificial is similar to ...) not of natural origin; prepared or made artificially

"man-made fibers" "synthetic leather"

(artificial is similar to ...) not genuine or real; being an imitation of the genuine article

"it isn't fake anything; it's real synthetic fur" "faux pearls" "false teeth" "decorated with imitation palm leaves" "a purse of simulated alligator hide"

(artificial is similar to ...) not produced by natural forces

"brokers created a factitious demand for stocks"

(artificial is similar to ...) artificial and inferior

"ersatz coffee" "substitute coffee"

(artificial is similar to ...) lacking substance or vitality as if produced by painting

"in public he wore a painted smile"

(artificial is similar to ...) using artistic forms and conventions to create effects; not natural or spontaneous

"a stylized mode of theater production"

(artificial is similar to ...) artificial as if portrayed in a film

"a novel with flat celluloid characters"

(artificial is similar to ...) without substance

"cardboard caricatures of historical figures"

(artificial is similar to ...) (used of color) artificially produced; not natural

"a bleached blonde"

(artificial is similar to ...) having particular physiological functions augmented or replaced by electronic or electromechanical components

(artificial is similar to ...) deliberately arranged for effect

"one of those artfully staged photographs"

(artificial is similar to ...) closely resembling the genuine article

"near beer" "a dress of near satin"

(means also ...) not genuine; imitating something superior

"counterfeit emotion" "counterfeit money" "counterfeit works of art" "a counterfeit prince"

(means also ...) lacking in reality or substance or genuineness; not corresponding to acknowledged facts or criteria

"ghosts and other unreal entities" "unreal propaganda serving as news"

Definition 2: artificially formal - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where artificial or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • that artificial humility that her husband hated
  • contrived coyness
  • a stilted letter of acknowledgment
  • when people try to correct their speech they develop a stilted pronunciation

Synonyms for artificial in the sense of this definition

(artificial is similar to ...) speaking or behaving in an artificial way to make an impression

Definition 3: not arising from natural growth or characterized by vital processes - [adjective satellite denoting all]

(artificial is similar to ...) lacking the properties characteristic of living organisms

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